Tropical Heritage Garden Diary:
Back from our weekend (shopping) trip to Cebu (with new seeds, of course).
First some Water Melon
seeds, saved from a fruit salad we'd eaten while travelling,
were planted in various "compost" areas .
Then another sowing of Pansies,
local Mums, Delphiniums and Cornflower in the two Lanzones
patches. The cuttings seem to be doing reasonably
well, but it is impossible to tell yet how many seedlings are
growing and how many are weeds.
Afterwards,work started on preparing the Herb Garden
for the new herbs we bought in Cebu (Italian Parsley, Thai Basil and
Chinese Celery). Initially, I was planning to mix
herbs and leafy vegetables (in
the second Coconut patch) but then decided, instead,
to clean up the Herb Garden and leave out the vegetables,
just to make it easier to recognise the herbs if they grow.
Some Maize and assorted Okra were left to soak before
At the end of the afternoon the Maize was planted in various patches in the
Northern Garden (N.1B, N.1 C, N2A, N.2D and Herb Garden)
Ready For Planting!
The Herb garden
The Okra was also planted in N.1B, N.1 C, N2A, N.2D and Herb Garden.
Samples of both Penny Rice
and Blue Bonnet Rice were
planted in the newly renovated Herb Garden. Together with Oats and Barley (which were also planted in several "compost" area under trees).
Finally, the Thai Basil, Italian
Parsley, and Chinese
Celery -together with Purple
Shisho, Sweet Marjoram, Caraway, Amaranth, Korean Hyssop, Marsh
mallow, Wild Dagga and
Edible Chrysanthemum were also broadcast in the Herb Garden.
Although there has been a lot of (distant) thunder the last few days, still no
-so the rest of the afternoon was spent watering the garden (until the water pressure became too
For Fatima's birthday in August we
ordered some exotic seeds via the internet. Somehow, we didn't get
around to planting them. Perhaps I was just a little intimidated
by the fact that there were so few in each packet (sometimes only 5 or 6 seeds)
-so we would have to be very careful....
First some Butter Beans,
Indian Serpent Gourd and Thai Best Melon were left to
soak while I planted other things. Later the Butter Beans were planted in V.4B and V.4E, the Indian Serpent Gourd in the climbing
frame area and
the Thai Best Melon planted
in the Northern compost heap where some Squash are also growing..
Some Bakers Creek Asparagus was planted in a
few compost areas under trees and in V.4A and V.4E -while the Seedman Asparagus was planted in the
Banana Tree Patches.
Eggplant planted earlier
in pots had been knocked over by animals -so after the Purple Tiger Eggplant and the
Turkish Orange Eggplant had
been planted in "mini-greenhouses" made from plastic containers
used to package small cakes, some Round Eggplant and
Long Eggplant were planted
in a "sauna
pot" inside a plastic bag.
Some Hot Spell Tomato was
planted in a pot in the empty space next to a Dumb-cane -and some Utah Long Celery was planted,
both in a "sauna"
and broadcast in the "new" Coconut Tree mini-garden..
Although it had rained in the night, the garden was still fairly
dry -and so despite the distant thunder, I watered the newly
planted areas. Several hours later, in the evening, and it still
A Variety of Beans
It seems we now
have several different types of Bean (including
the Cow Pea)
growing in the garden. Hopefully, soon we shall also have Butterbeans.....
The Cow Pea and the White and Brown
Long Beans were planted in various locations in the Southern
A start was also made in finding room for the new Green vegetable seeds from
Plot T.1B was
cleaned up. The next stage is to clean T.1A and join them
together by putting fresh
earth and chopped Coir where the separating path now
is. Then a selection of vegetables can be planted there.
Although it was clear that weeds were preventing the growth of
any other plants there -the weeds do seem to have done a good
job in improving the soil, which is now far less sticky than
Good Harvest of Weeds
Weeded and Seeded
Newly United Patch
The new T.1AB
In the newly weeded and
unified patch (T.1AB): Thai Basil, Chinese Celery,
Italian Parsley, Shisho, Caraway, Sweet
Marjoram, Utah Long Celery, Amayah, Kailaan,
Arugula, Cauliflower, Sweet Pepper, Cucumber, Red and White Radish.
Only half of our Coconut Trees were
harvested before our trip to Cebu last weekend. Today
the harvester came to finish the job. These Coconuts
will be saved to make our own cooking oil from. We
also harvested a few immature green Coconuts, for the
juice and the soft meat inside.
Another Coconut harvest,
with debris and more compost
It rained heavily all night -in
the morning the remaining debris looked like a typhoon had
just passed. However, Penny
soon had everything cleaned up. But
what are we going to do with all those Coconuts
Another two plots weeded and seeded
Squash (Round and Long) in
V.3A and V.3B -also in the compost
under a Coconut tree, together with some Cherry Tomato.
in the climbing area (V.2A,
In the newly weeded plot T.2A: Mung
Beans, Mesclun Salad, Utah Long Celery, Thai
Basil, Italian Parsley, Cherry Tomato, Sweet Pepper (Know You), Carrot, White Radish and
Red Radish were broadcast with Cardoon planted
In the newly weeded plot T.2B: Mung
Beans, Carrot, White Radish, Red Radish, Cherry Tomato and
Utah Long Celery were broadcast with Mesclun Salad, Cardoon
and the last of the Artichoke
The two Coconut Tree mini-gardens were weeded,
ready for planting.
Seedlings in the newly cleaned (and united) T.1AB seem to be sprouting.
Seeds or Weeds?
More Weeding and Seeding
Coconut.1: Italian Parsley,
Caraway, Chinese Celery, and
Long Utah Celery
Parsley, Caraway, Chinese Celery, Long Utah Celery and Shisho
Pansy, Cornflower, Wild Mums, Delphiniums and Mixed Cactus
assortment of plants
first Squash this year!
Arugula, Kailaan, Carrot,
Assorted Hot and
Sweet Pepper, Amayah, Chinkang, Thai Basil, Chinese Celery,
and Italian Parsley
3 Market Squash (July) -in Coconut tree Compost area
near the Heritage patch.
3 Market Squash (May) -in the Gabi patch
3 Market Squash (May-2) -behind the tree
stump in the Winged Bean patch (V.2A)
6 Market Squash (June) -around Banana/Coconut Trees, Northern edge
of Gabi patch by the Western fence
9 Fermented Market (Aug) -around Banana clump, among Gabi, along the Western fence
2 Round Pumpkin (V-125) -Western fence
section by Ginger patch
2 Long Pumpkin (V-365) -Western fence
section by Compost heap
various locations by the side gate
Newly Planted Seedlings
Newly Seeded Banana Patch
More Weeds than Seeds?
In the Herb Patch (planted 4 September) the Oats have sprouted quite
vigorously, but the Barley
less so and the two types of Rice
even slower. The broadcasted seeds seem to be sprouting at last
-but also much slower than those sown (8 September) in the Southern garden.
A Tale of Two plots
Devastated by Chickens
2nd Coconut mini-garden
Weeded and Seeded
The new T.3AB
Planted today (in T.3AB):
Italian Parsley, Thai Basil, Chinese Celery, Shisho,
Caraway, Sweet Marjoram and Tomato in entire plot. Arugula and Sweet Pepper in the (new) middle
section. Red Onions on the
A Side and White Bunching Onions on the B Side.
to grow again!
Fast growing Squash and No-grow Melon
See 12 September
Improvements to area around tree stump
Rice, Blue bonnet Rice and Barley
Around tree stump
in newly improved
Butterbeans in V.3C.
By breakfast time this morning the chickens
had already devastated the area around the tree stump.
So it was reseeded with Penny
Rice and a few Blue
Bonnet Rice grains (which are nearly finished). There was no
more Barley left.
A screen was placed over the rice to protect it. The last of
the Cauliflower and
was also broadcast around the stump.
Some Macapuno Maize
was planted in H.1
and in N.1B and N.2A.
Some 2nd generation (large
Okra was put in soak for planting tomorrow.
Another Banana Harvest
Food for us and Compost for the Plants
Patches cleaned and re-sowed
Another Bean Race
Wet and Dry Brown Beans planted in same plot as
Butter Beans (in N.1B and N.1C, plus V.1C and V.2C area)
Cucumber, Patola and Upo (in V.1C and V.2C/D Vines area)
Both dry and soaked Brown Beans in V.3C
A Tale of Three Plots:
Improved drainage profile
Devastated by Chickens
Soil Harvested for Vermiculture
Two More Mini-Gardens
Banana Patch 1.
Banana Patch 2.
Herb garden Growing
(see 13 September
Two Young Squashes
Purple Sitaw (from Cabana) and House White Sitaw in H.3
Assorted Peppers in V.3C
House Sitaw (Green) and Asparagus in V.3D
Asparagus in Banana
Dragon Stir Fry Mix,
Amayah, Red and White Radish, Chingkang, Carrot, Red and
White Onion, Hot spot Tomato, Thai Basil and Tall Utah Celery (around Tree Stump
in T.2AB and in T.3AB)
Beans in the Northern Garden
Improving soil and good to
Healthy and Unhealthy
young Squash is not viable
Not a great success!
Recently planted -and a bit
Wet and Dry Brown Beans
Natural Recovery from Devastation by Chickens
-See 19 September
Okra: Old looking (undated 2nd. generation)
Burmese Okra in N.2B and N.2C/D.
House Okra (July) in N.1B
and House Okra (June) in N.2A
Three Female Squash Flowers
Failed (see above)
Where are the male flowers?
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